Every year, you have likely heard Star Wars fans muttering about ‘Star Wars Day’ around the world and how excited they are for the holiday. However, when you look at your phone calendar, you don’t see that any holiday is occurring. So, what is Star Wars Day, and is it an official holiday?
Star Wars Day is an unofficial holiday that is celebrated by Star Wars fans on May 4th every year. Star Wars Day is celebrated on May 4th because when fans say “May the Fourth be with you,” it sounds like “May the Force be with you,” which is a famous phrase from the series.
More information about Star Wars Day and what you can do to celebrate it this year or the next is below.
What is Star Wars Day?
Star Wars Day is a day that Star Wars fans use to celebrate the book and movie series that has touched and influenced the lives of so many people. Although Star Wars Day is not an official holiday, it is recognized as a holiday by Disney, which owns the Star Wars franchise, and Star Wars fans.
The Star Wars movies were released on May 25, 1977, which is one of the reasons why Star Wars Day is celebrated in May. May 4th is also sometimes called Luke Skywalker day, but because May 4th is used to celebrate the entire Star Wars franchise, not just one of the main characters, most people refer to it as Star Wars Day.
Star Wars Day is held on May 4th because of the possible play on words. When you say, “May the fourth be with you,” it sounds similar to, “May the force be with you,” which is an iconic phrase from the Star Wars franchise. Many Star Wars fans like puns, as I know from personal experience, so they enjoy saying the phrase on May 4th and celebrate Star Wars Day on May 4th. (Source)
May 4th is followed by May 5th, which is known by Star Wars fans as “Revenge of the fifth” day, which is a play on words to one of the movie titles (Revenge of the Sith).
Everything We Know About Star Wars Day
Star Wars day is an interesting holiday, especially because it is not considered an official holiday. Here is everything we know about Star Wars Day so you can learn more about it.
When Did Star Wars Day Start?
Star Wars Day officially started in 2011, although it has been unofficially celebrated by fans since 1977, after the phrase “May the fourth be with you” to congratulate Margaret Thatcher in British magazines. In 2008, Star Wars fans started posting “May the fourth be with you” on various Star Wars fanbase Facebook pages. Technically, Disney didn’t start celebrating Star Wars Day until 2013, after they bought the franchise. (Source)
Who Started Star Wars Day?
Star Wars Day was technically started by fans of the franchise. However, it was technically started by Disney after they bought the franchise, as the Lucasfilm company did not officially celebrate it, even though employees of the company likely celebrated it once it became a popular holiday. (Source)
Where Did Star Wars Day Start?
It is hard to determine exactly when Star Wars fans started celebrating on May 4th, but the first Star Wars Day celebration was held in Toronto, Canada, in the Toronto Underground Cinema in 2011. The event organizers were Sean Ward and Alice Quinn, and many events like it have been held yearly since that first celebration.
Star Wars fans have celebrated the holiday for a long time in their own ways, although knowledge of the holiday was not widespread across the world until about 2011 when events started to be held.
How Do People Celebrate Star Wars Day?
There are many different things that you can do to celebrate Star Wars Day. Many people attend cosplay events or dress up in cosplay and wear it throughout the day or to parties they attend on May 4th. Other Star Wars fans simply wear a Star Wars T-shirt. Some T-shirts even have “May the Fourth be with you” printed on them.
Other Star Wars fans choose to celebrate Star Wars Day by making Star Wars-themed treats and taking Star Wars-themed pictures. Some even make them for Star Wars-themed parties that they host. These parties often involve watching the Star Wars movies during a movie marathon, costume contests, and trivia games. However, there are many different Star Wars movies, so if you participate in a movie marathon, you will have to start early on in the day and make sure you have plenty of food and snacks available.
Many Star Wars fans don’t celebrate the day in elaborate ways. They simply choose to say, “May the fourth be with you” to people that they talk to on Star Wars Day. Typically, those who use the phrase also do other things to celebrate the unofficial holiday.
Disney and official companies that release limited Star Wars-themed merchandise sell special May 4th merchandise or have special sales on May 4th to celebrate the holiday. Oftentimes, people who go to the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida on May the 4th can enjoy special Star Wars-themed snacks and drinks, which is one of the reasons why that park is so busy on May 4th. Because of the exclusive merchandise and the sales, many people choose to celebrate the event by purchasing new Star Wars merchandise.
The original actors of the film franchise celebrate the holiday in various ways. Many of them post special Star Wars-themed phrases and pictures from their time on set or photos of them in costume on social media and attach the phrase “May the fourth be with you” in the caption. Others attend Star Wars events and take pictures with fans.
Overall, Star Wars Day is a fascinating unofficial holiday that is celebrated by millions of people every day. It is unknown whether or not the holiday will become official in the future, but for now, Star Wars fans are happy with celebrating it in their own ways. If you want to celebrate Star Wars Day this year, find a related party or event and find friends that are willing to attend the party or event with you.
New Star Wars Merch for May 4, 2022
As always, there is cool new stuff launched today, I’ll try updated anything new I come across.
Check out some cool finds below:
Black Series – Vintage. (Disney/Hasbro/Lego)
Pre-orders now open. (bigbadtoystore.com, GameStop.com, Entertainmentearth.com)
STAR WARS: THE VINTAGE COLLECTION
- 332nd Ahsoka’s Clone Trooper Figure
- Anakin Skywalker (Padawan) Figure
- Mandalorian Super Commando Figure
- Gaming Greats Heavy Assault Stormtrooper Figure
- Gaming Greats Stormtrooper Commander Figure
- Phase I Clone Trooper 4-Pack
STAR WARS:RETRO COLLECTION
- A New Hope Collectible Multipack
STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES
- Princess Leia (Ewok Village) Figure
- Figrin D’an Figure
- New Republic Security Droid Figure
- Obi-Wan Kenobi Force FX Elite Lightsaber
- Nalan Cheel Figure
- Darth Vader Premium Electronic Helmet
- Clone Trooper (187th Battalion) Figure
Fun.com Has some new kicks (Boba Fett, Hoth, Chewbacca themed)
Electrumsabers.com – dueling sabers. 20% off at checkout.
Displate.com – 37% off Today Code: SW37
Take some take and relax and live in the moment!